Looking to add a social action or leadership club to your after-school program?
SLP Service Club is a unique opportunity for students in grades K-12 to have a real impact on a social issue they are passionate about.
WHAT IS SLP?
The Service Learning Project (SLP) is an action civics program for elementary, middle, and high school-aged youth. Through our in school, after-school, and virtual programs, our students become leaders and agents of positive change in their communities by working together to help solve social problems of their choice. The students are in charge at SLP – every step of the process is youth-driven – and every final project has a real and profound impact.
WHAT IS SLP CLUB?
SLP Club is integrated into the after-school programs of our school and community-based partners.
We offer Clubs during both our fall and spring sessions, but can also work within a trimester after-school schedule. SLP Faculty meet weekly with up to 15* often mixed-age students as they work through the five phases of an SLP project:
- Choosing a social issue which they are passionate about
- Becoming experts on their issue through extensive research>
- Developing an alternative solution
- Creating and implementing a plan to advocate for their solution
- Reflecting on the experience and considering how they can continue to use their new leadership and advocacy skills
The duration of each session as well as the weekly meetings varies based on the needs of our school and community partners, and Clubs are easily adapted to integrate after-school priorities including afternoon snack and socializing with peers.
Our students have tackled a wide range of social issues from bullying to child nutrition to homelessness to gun violence to climate change. Their chosen solutions are varied and include direct action, changes to school policies, awareness-raising campaigns, fundraising, coalition building, and petitioning local and national legislators. Many inspiring SLP projects are described here.
Interested in partnering with SLP? Click here to complete our new partner interest form. We will be in touch very soon!
*More than 15 students can participate if a partner staff member is available to attend Club meetings.